US President Donald Trump doubted the reliability of the model used by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington to predict the number of deaths in the country from COVID-19. The American leader said this on Tuesday, May 5, in an evening interview with ABC News.
“These models were so wrong from day one. And they continue to build new models, and they are also erroneous, ”the head of state said.
According to Trump, the models used do not take into account the measures that the US authorities are taking to mitigate the negative consequences.
On May 4, The New York Times published a draft document that forecasts a steady increase in daily performance. It was submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to the channel, Johns Hopkins University, which summarizes data from federal and local authorities, the media and other sources, also presented a forecast according to which the number of daily coronavirus infection victims could almost double by June.
Earlier, on May 3, Trump announced that up to 100 thousand people could die from a coronavirus in the United States, which is significantly more than its previous forecast. On April 17, the American leader stated that the peak of the epidemic had been passed and predicted a mortality rate from it of 60–65 thousand people.
As of May 6, the number of patients with COVID-19 in the United States exceeded 1.2 million people. 70.8 thousand were recorded. deaths. Almost 190 thousand patients were discharged from hospitals.
The spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, began in late December last year. The focus of infection was the Chinese city of Wuhan. For several months, the disease has spread to more than 210 countries. On March 11, WHO announced a coronavirus pandemic.